Record Labels Win $83M From Russian Stream Extraction Sites


By Dorothy Atkins (February 11, 2022, 5:18 PM EST) — A federal judge in Virginia on Thursday awarded $82.9 million in damages to a dozen record labels, including Warner Bros. Records Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment in a copyright infringement lawsuit that has been revived by the Fourth Circuit against the Russian owner of two popular music piracy “stream mining” sites “.

In a three-page order, U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton adopted a December magistrate’s recommendation to award record labels $82.9 million in damages, plus fees and costs attorney despite objections from Russian website owner Tofig Kurbanov.

Judge Hilton said the trial judge’s findings were “neither manifestly wrong nor contrary to…

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